Despite the ending of your marriage you remain a parent. It is your responsibility and that of your ex-partner to ensure continued parenting of your children to safeguard their welfare. Divorce subjects children to great risks. You would need to resolve to cooperate with your ex-spouse for the sake of your children. This way you prevent emotional damage divorce inflicts on children and ensure their well-being.
Tips to help you protect your children:
- As the custodial parent, you should behave with dignity towards your ex-spouse this way you will be doing what is best for your children.
- Be polite in your interactions with your ex. Maintain a working relationship as peacefully as possible in the best interest of your children.
- Cooperate to meet the physical and emotional needs of your children. Make their wellbeing your top priority.
- Deal with your children with patience and give them unconditional love.
- Reassure them that both parents will continue to love and take care of them and that they are not responsible for the divorce or separation.
- Don’t say anything negative about the other parent to the children, avoid blaming or being critical. Be respectful of the other parent.
- When you recount what happened in your marriage be sincere and positive.
- If you have problems with issues consequent to the separation or with parenting, you can seek professional help for amicable settlement.
- Forgiveness is important. Be forgiving.
- Raise your children God’s way. Help them build a relationship with God.